What other organizations are supporting the proposed sales tax?


Jeff Fluhr is the President of Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

On August 18, the Chamber’s Board of Directors announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will have the opportunity to vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary and answer questions about this issue. Today’s question is answered by Chamber Board member Jeff Fluhr.   

Yes. The WDDC Board of Directors has joined the Boards of Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in voting to support the 1 percent sales tax referendum. WDDC President Jeff Fluhr says, “the sales tax will advance the development of our community by providing a reliable water source, improving our transit system, enhancing our roads and expanding our business base.”

The mission of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) is to strengthen Downtown Wichita as “the heart of the region.”  Fluhr said the sales tax initiative is aligned with the organization’s mission of creating a vibrant city center and community. “We work closely with the WDDC Board of Directors, private sector partners and local government to stimulate new investment and interest in Downtown Wichita. We also partner with organizations like the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), and the Wichita Community Foundation to drive economic growth in the area.”

Fluhr added, “We know that a critical resource for any community is securing a reliable water source. Beyond that fundamental need, job creation is vital for the growth of Downtown and the region. Our Board knows that we must have jobs in order to continue and increase the private sector investment we’ve seen through Project Downtown. This is an opportunity to advance our community and increase our competitiveness as a city.”

It’s Time to Fuel the Fire

PrintPositioning Wichita as the premier place to grow companies, careers and communities requires understanding changing demographics, new concepts in urban planning and other shifts in the consumer landscape. The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series provides a unique opportunity for Wichitans to listen, learn and ask questions at three upcoming presentations. The series is a collaborative effort between the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, and the Wichita Community Foundation to engage the community in discussions about changing national trends that will affect Wichita’s future.

Jeff Fluhr is the president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) and an enthusiastic supporter of moving Wichita forward. His editorial in today’s Wichita Business Journal provides more information about the speaker series and an invitation to participate.  “We need the unique perspectives and input of community volunteers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, elected officials, young professionals, social service providers, artists, business leaders, educators and workforce recruiters. Consider yourself invited if you care about Wichita and want to be involved in making sure it thrives.”

You can also learn more about the series by tuning in to the LITE IS LOCAL program on 99.7 LITE FM this Sunday (August 17) at 8 a.m.  Jeff Fluhr and Shelly Prichard, President and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), recorded the program earlier this week and provided more details about how they hope the series will impact Wichita’s future.

Mark the dates on your calendar (August 28, September 17 and October 29) and plan to attend. Each session will be held at 5 p.m. at The Lux (120 East First). Please RSVP soon since space is limited.

The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series is made possible through a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at WCF, as well as funds from WCF, WDDC and the Chamber’s Leadership Council.

Jeff Fluhr and Shelly Prichard at 99.7 Lite FM

                            Jeff Fluhr and Shelly Prichard at 99.7 Lite FM